Final week of exhibition "Material Stories"

My work, Over Sea Over There is still on show in "The Street" at the University of Derby, Markeaton Street Campus until Sunday.  

Shown alongside the work of Tracey Kershaw, Lubna Din and Jane Hardstaff, this exhibition has been made possible through Arts Council England, The AA2A programme and the University of Derby

Artist Access 2 Art Schools - Residency at Derby

So pleased to share with you something different -

Having been awarded a fantastic residency at the University of Derby through AA2A, the university, and the Arts Council, this is my first knitted work for some time and is part of my Over Sea Over There collection.

It is flat-knitted on one of the Shima Seiki knitting machines in the Textiles department but has been designed to look as though it has waves forming in it. It has a soft and generous handle and will sit nicely alongside my woven fabrics. So pleased to have had this opportunity. 

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Lives, Loves and Loss: Traces at Fenton House, Hampstead, London

Liz Ramsay Textiles on show at Fenton House from December 3rd

This December, Fenton House is being transformed into an immersive, atmospheric experience that delves into the intriguing world of its eighteenth-century residents. TRACES is working with the National Trust to enrich the house with unique hand crafted and artisan products. 

See Traces or  The National Trust websites for more information  http://traces-london.co.uk/  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house-and-garden

See Traces or  The National Trust websites for more information  http://traces-london.co.uk/  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house-and-garden

Innovation in Textiles at MoOD Brussels 2016

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Colour Hive is collaborating with MoOD to bring innovative materials to the world famous textiles exhibition. Within the Innovation Platform, they have selected my fabric as one of their top picks of materials which explore exciting new techniques. It's great that they are showcasing samples of my work for the interior textile industry, demonstrating that you can achieve 3D sculptural textiles without the need for synthetic yarns. 

Brand new today - Fabulous Cushions

Brand new range of luxurious and vibrant silk cushions in various sizes and a unique selection of soft woollens all made in the UK - contact me for availability and pricing. 

Kingfisher-turquoise blue with cream or navy, these silk cushions are made in the UK (photos George Baxter - http://www.georgebaxterphotography.com/)

Kingfisher-turquoise blue with cream or navy, these silk cushions are made in the UK (photos George Baxter - http://www.georgebaxterphotography.com/)

British woven wool cushions and fabric with coordinating British silks.

British woven wool cushions and fabric with coordinating British silks.

British woven merino fabrics with a choice of cushion pads - these shown are filled with British wool.

British woven merino fabrics with a choice of cushion pads - these shown are filled with British wool.

More Awards

I am delighted to have won a number of awards at this year’s Bradford Textile Society Design Competition.

British Wool Winning Fabric

British Wool Winning Fabric

1st Prize - The British Wool Marketing Board Award -  for my tightly woven durable fabric intended for use in schools, corporate environments or transport where a fabric needs to work well under pressure.

1st Prize - The Clothworkers' Foundation Award - awarded by The Clothworkers' Foundation, the awarding body of the ancient Clothworkers' Company, (one of the Great Twelve livery companies in the UK). This award is given to the best woven fabrics.  

The Cloth of Kings Award - an engraved medal, this award is selected from all the entries to the national Bradford Textile Society Design Competition using 'noble' yarns such as cashmere, wool and silk.

The Woolmark Company Award - Commendation - for my jacquard-woven Merino fabric. This award is given to textiles with not less than 60% Merino yarn.

The Association of Fashion and Textile Courses Award - Commendation - this was for one of my fabrics with a small repeat. It was jacquard-woven in silk and my entry included illustrations of how this fabric might be used within a collection.

I feel most fortunate to have my work selected for awards again this year. More to follow after the presentation ceremony and exhibition.

National Textile Design Competition Success

I'm extremely delighted to announce that I have this week been presented with two major awards for my textile designs at the important Bradford Textile Society Design Awards. These awards have been showcasing the best of British textile design since 1923 when the original sponsors were the Wool Record and the Society itself. 

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My Isnic Roses fabric (left) won first prize in the British Wool Marketing Board Award. This design, a modern twist on traditional Ottoman arabesque patterning, combines graceful meandering curves with a highly textured surface.  It is suitable for both outerwear or soft furnishings and has luxurious feel. The ultra soft handle belies the fact that it was made predominantly with British wool, often considered somewhat coarse in comparison with merino for example. This yarn, from Dorset lamb was spun in Italy, is super-soft and fabulous to work with.

The Cloth of Kings award, is a medal, given once a year for an outstanding fabric constructed of a Noble Yarn (Silk, Wool, Cashmere). I was selected for this prestigious prize for my Mosaic design, a small, all-over, mosaic tile repeat pattern. This fabric was woven on a Bonus  jacquard loom in a combination of silk and wool. It was an honour to receive this award.

Both these prizewinning designs are currently being woven in small lengths and will be available to purchase shortly. Do please contact me for further information. 

 

New textiles inspired by Leighton House, London

My first samples of printed textiles and wallpaper, a new venture for me,  have arrived. They are available to order  so do please contact me for more details.

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Fresh, summery, furnishing weight 100% cotton with "watercolour" print.  45cm repeat. Made in England

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Heavyweight digitally printed wallpaper with a 52cm repeat. Seen here prior to trimming into rolls. Made in England.

Beautiful Summer Sheers exhibited at Salts Mill, Saltaire

My lovely Madras Lace woven by MYB Textiles has been on display as part of the Bradford Textiles Society Annual Awards Ceremony and Symposium.

The sheers pictured below were exhibited in the David Hockney Gallery alongside his '25 Trees And Other Pictures'  exhibition. 

A contemporary twist on a traditional fabric. 

The prizes were also awarded in the gallery and there was an excellent presentation by Tony Glenville, the Creative Director of London College of Fashion entitled “Technology is not the only tool” . The closing remarks were by Richard Poole, president of the Bradford Textiles Society.

Translucent cotton mesh sings of Summer.

How exciting to be showing my work in the gallery space next to David Hockney.

Beautiful cut thread work - similar to fil coupe 

The long established Bradford Textile Society Competitions are open to textile designers and textile students and is supported by the generosity of The Clothworkers Foundation, The Dyers' Company, Prestigious Textiles Ltd, The Woolmark Company, the British Wool Marketing Board amongst others. 

Clothworkers' Foundation Award Success

Prizewinning 'Woven Fabrics for Interiors' competition entry - woven by MYB Textiles in Ayrshire. 

My competition entry has won second place and a prize award in the Clothworkers' Foundation Award competition. This attracts entries from students and industry from all over the country so I am delighted to have been successful. I will receive my award next month at the presentation ceremony at Salts Mill, West Yorkshire. 

My work will also be exhibited on the third floor gallery at Salts Mill - which is the home to the largest collection of David Hockney's art and the work of Henry Marvell Carr R.A.

More images and information to follow. 

Woolmark Company Award

This is a highly competitive award and I am delighted that one of my fabrics have received a Commendation. This is great news. It is extremely gratifying that the highly experienced team of professional judges have selected my work as of particular merit. 

The award will be presented at a Textile Industry seminar in Saltaire in May. 

More news and photo to follow soon.

Fabrics find a ready market at Interiors UK

Last week my fabrics received a great deal of attention at Interiors UK. They were praised for their modern bold aesthetic and striking colours. The designs were based on my research drawings of ancient artefacts, buildings and ceramics but have been translated into soft geometrics and clean graphics. 

My new fabrics on the stand at Interiors UK

My new fabrics on the stand at Interiors UK

All of the fabrics have been woven here in the UK and I'm delighted to report that all the silks are now in commercial production with the prestigious David Walters Fabrics of Sudbury (contact Richard Norris 01787 466677 for more info) who have included my designs and colours in their new collection.  

Silks and Lace

Silks and Lace

Wool and Cotton 

Wool and Cotton 

I am now in conversation with a British mill, hoping to produce my heavier- weight fabrics and make them available to purchase. These large samples pieces were woven at the University of Derby on the Jacquard loom and are fine wool on a cotton warp. They would be ideal for upholstery and created quite a buzz with prospective buyers - they were definitely favourites at the show. These will of course need to be tested for durability prior to becoming available for sale, in line with furnishing industry normal requirements and I can't wait to see them in production .

One of four fabulous Scottish Madras Lace panels 

One of four fabulous Scottish Madras Lace panels 

The lace, above, woven for me by MYB Textiles in Ayryshire, was also widely admired. This unique voile fabric has a fine base (in this case cotton) into which the pattern is gradually woven. Once complete, all the non-woven threads are snipped away leaving the pattern as if floating in the gauze. My striking designs and this age-old technique are united to create a contemporary translucent fabric which would work well in both modern and traditional spaces. I would love to experiment further with this beautiful fabric.

In addition to working with the companies above I also had invaluable help and advice from DHJ Weisters of Darwen. They worked with me on a number of other designs, one of which was on show with my small samples. I am still working with Weisters, so hopefully there will be more to show here soon.

Designs Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

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The New Design Britain Awards is an established competition for new design talent. The judges have just announced the finalists in each of the four categories. One of these categories is 'Fabrics', and I'm delighted that I have been selected to go through to the final stage which will be judged at the trade show Interiors UK in January 2014.

My collection, Cool Heat,  which will be shown there, takes its colour palette from the baked earth and cool water of the Mediterranean. Using fluid hand-worked graphics, the designs come directly from the heritage of Southern Italy - its buildings, ancient artefacts and ceramics. Some of my artwork can be seen here, but designs are much simplified and hopefully bridge the gap between geometric and organic patterning.

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The judges are buyers Diane Goode (Fromental) and  Anna Rigby (John Lewis), the director of Rubelli, Vivienne Griffin, photographer Barbara Chandler and Dids Macdonald (CEO of Anti Copying in Design). They are looking for new and innovative work for interiors. 

Whilst clearly it would be fabulous to win this award, I am delighted that my work will gain exposure within the interiors market by being exhibited at the N.E.C. alongside established textiles companies.

Prizewinning Finalist in Goodweave Rug Design Competition

WORK TO BE SHOWN AT DECOREX

I am delighted that the judges of the GoodWeave Rug Design Competition 2013 have chosen my design (right) as a prize-winning runner-up in this competition. 

My work will now be featured on the GoodWeave stand at the leading interior design show in the UK: Decorex International, which runs from 22-25 September in London. A sample 'strike-off' will be hand knotted for this display in Nepal. 

The brief was to produce a series of mood boards based on 2013/14 catwalks but re-interpreted for the interiors market. The judges were designers Roger Oates and Ella Doran , Katrina Burroughs the style journalist, and competition sponsors Lucy and Richard Meager (Jacaranda Carpets) and Paul Vowles (WovenGround).

GoodWeave works to end child labour in the carpet industry and offers educational opportunities to children in Nepal, India and Afghanistan. It works alongside a wide range of prestigious companies to create luxurious rugs in an ethical way. I am so pleased to have had my work chosen to feature in their display and hopefully, contribute to their success.

Below are my winning design board images and my design statement.

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Monochrome fashion trends are a consistent thread of the 2013/14 runways, sometimes laced with hints of vibrant colour. Fabrics are strong on graphics, but disrupted in some way. My rug design takes an interiors twist on this trend.
My patterning is reminiscent of ‘op-art’, with bold and repeated shapes, but softened to suit the aesthetic of today’s interior space. With the use of hand knotting and traditional materials and techniques, I aim to create modern classics, smart and luxurious, designed for contemporary living.

Bradford Textiles Design Competition Success

CLOTHWORKERS' FOUNDATION AWARD  'A Woven Fabric for Mens or Womenswear'

I am delighted to have won a commendation for one of my fabrics in this prestigious competition. The Society's annual competition attracts almost 1,000 entries from students throughout the UK. 

The commendation was awarded for my Meandering Checks fabric (right) which is 97% wool, 3% polyamide and was woven on a Bonus jacquard loom. This fabric marks the beginning of my 'Black & White' range and was a development from previous work on the handloom.

The sample below shows my original trial piece, which was woven on an 8 shaft Harris table loom using British wools.

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